The Oregon wine industry has a long history of giving back, community support and collaborative growth. Collectively, the industry donates more than $11 million annually to charitable causes, and as the industry grows, so does the support.

A pioneer in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, Chehalem Winery was founded in the early 1980s to craft elegant Pinot noir and progressive Willamette Valley whites. Now, as part of Oregon Wine Month in May, they’re taking a progressive approach to giving with their inaugural Making a Case for Giving campaign.

Chehalem will give away at least 100 cases of wine, worth up to $40,000, to charities and non-profits via a simple application process.

 

From now until June 15th – Chehalem invites qualified charities and not-for-profits to make their case for a wine donation and explain how they plan to use it to inspire giving.

“Giving back is in Chehalem’s DNA,” says Harry Peterson-Nedry, founder and co-owner. “In the 30+ years we’ve been in business, we’ve committed ourselves to supporting and contributing to the communities around us, and Oregon Wine Month is the perfect time to boost charities’ fundraising efforts using Oregon wine.” Chehalem plans to make this an annual May tradition.

The Chehalem Winery family

 

So, who qualifies for consideration? Applicants must be a non-profit organization located in the state of Oregon, or greater Vancouver, WA metro area and submit their 501(c)(3) along with a completed application. Chehalem will review and consider all applications and contact the winners beginning mid-June. To view the application and apply, click here.

Aerial view over Chehalem winery and Corral Creek vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon